Unfortunately, the subject is not readily discussed and neither are topics such as the side effects of contraceptives or vaginal health.
UWC alumna and Springbok Women’s star Babalwa Latsha said that at the start of her rugby career, she used oral contraceptives to stop menstruating before a match. But there were negative side effects.
“It would stop my period but I’d feel nauseous and queasy at times. I was also a little emotional, so I stopped. Imagine participating in a professional sport and having to hold back tears for a silly little mistake,” said Latsha, who graduated with her LLB this year.
“As I got older, I became more aware of my body and realised my menstrual cycle is part of who I am and this is natural. I didn’t have to control it. Now I don’t mind having my period.”